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  • General Resources
    • Shelters
    • Need Rescue?
      • Call local authorities for life-threatening emergencies!
        • 9-1-1 Stay on the line and let them know if you’re safe
        • 3-1-1 Fire/Police Rescue
        • Coast guard lines
          • 713-578-3000
          • 281-464-4851
          • 281-464-4852
          • 281-464-4853
          • 281-464-4854
          • 281-464-4855
        • Center Point Energy is doing rescues
          • 713-207-2222.
      • SIGNAL you are there with a towel on your roof
      • HoustonHarveyRescue.com Submit addresses
        • Info needed: NAME, NUMBER OF PEOPLE, Address, Phone Number, Languages, Disabilities and health conditions, Immediate Danger?
      • Zello App | Android || Iphone || Windows Phone |
        • Screenshot of channels
    • Provide Rescue (Boaters)
      • If you have a boat, follow the Zello channels above and take it DIRECTLY TO THEM. Shelters have no use for boats, TVs, etc., and the Coast Guard is too inundated with rescues for you to work through them (trust me, I tried).
      • PARTNER ONSITE with boats ONLY if it is safe to do so.
      • Zello App | Android || Iphone || Windows Phone |
        • Screenshot of channels
      • Remember treat all rescues equally. We are all humans and deserve equal rights to life. DO NOT SHOOT. DO NOT DISCRIMINATE.
    • Coping/Safety Resources
      • Stay safe
      • Reach out to your friends and families.
      • Take it slow. Take breaks. Breathe. Laugh. Cry. It’s okay to be human!
      • Don’t burn out now. We will need your energy for the months and maybe years to come.
      • Stay safe.
      • We don’t want rescuers to become rescuees.
      • Keep up to date with local news–flood zones and evacuation areas are changing by the hour.
      • Keep your devices and back-up chargers charged.
      • Stay safe!
      • Street Medics
      • FILE WITH INSURANCE BEFORE FRIDAY Sept. 1 for storm damage
      • Houston DSA Assistance
      • Islamic Society of Greater Houston Assistance and Shelter
  • Volunteer Resources
  • Donor Resources

Many of you are directly affected by Harvey. Many of you want to help.

1) Stay safe. We don’t want rescuers to become rescuees. Keep up to date with local news–flood zones and evacuation areas are changing by the hour. Keep your devices and back-up chargers charged.

2) Seek shelter and evacuate if necessary, SAFELY.

3) If you are trapped and in immediate danger, call local authorities. SIGNAL YOU NEED RESCUE. A towel or sheet on your roof is easier to spot than an address. Call 9-1-1. Wait until they answer and let them know if you’re safe. 3-1-1 for fire/police rescue. Coast guard numbers: 713-578-3000 281-464-4851 281-464-4852 281-464-4853 281-464-4854 281-464-4855. Center point energy: 713-207-2222.

4) Reach out to local groups for any rescues. Send the name, address, and phone number of anyone who needs help. Indivisible Houston is coordinating and you can also submit your address on HoustonHarveyRescue.com . Call/text us at 832-786-8892 if you want help connecting with them–they respond QUICKLY. Know that there are non-government groups volunteering with boats, trucks, jeeps, etc. Follow them on Zello Channels: Boaterstexas, CajunNavy, Houston Harvey, Texas Search and Rescue, Texas search and rescue (non medical emergency). If government workers can’t get to you, volunteers may be able to. SIGNAL. Communicate. Ask for help.

5) If you want to volunteer, make sure you can do so SAFELY.

6) For donations, focus on local groups, such as shelters, non-profits, etc. that know how to best distribute resources. Black Lives Matter: Houston, Democratic Socialists of America – Houston, Texas AFL-CIO are just a few. National non-profits such as the Red Cross help as well, but local groups are better suited for the Gulf area’s unique challenges and more familiar with community leaders’ strengths and resources.

7) For in-kind donations, donate PRACTICAL and USABLE items. Sort clothes by type, size, etc. so volunteers can use their time with relief. Label containers. If you have a boat, follow the Zello channels above and take it DIRECTLY TO THEM. Shelters have no use for boats, TVs, etc., and the Coast Guard is too inundated with rescues for you to work through them (trust me, I tried). PARTNER ONSITE with boats ONLY if it is safe to do so.

8) Reach out to your friends and families. Take it slow. Take breaks. Breathe. Laugh. Cry. It’s okay to be human! Don’t burn out now. We will need your energy for the months and maybe years to come.

9) Push yourself, just a little. You don’t have to be on a boat to help. Look out for your neighbors. Check in with your friends and families. Help link people to their families in the affected area. Donate any amount you can contribute. Share posts on social media. Be a resource to the people in the affected area.

10) BE SAFE. BE SAFE. BE SAFE.